Fif was the Debo of Hollis
DJ Whoo Kid has been a mover and a shaker in the rap industry for decades now. But the influential tastemaker wasn’t always that way. He recently sat down with HotNewHipHop to discuss coming up in the small world of Hollis, Queens and seeing rap royalty on the regular before they were famous.
Perhaps the most interesting tidbit to come out of his stroll down memory lane was the news that 50 Cent used to be a neighborhood jacker who would ride up on people who owed him money and beat them up.
“On this block, 50 Cent who was known as Boo Boo was on the block beating up drug lords who owed him money,” DJ Whoo Kid revealed. “Randomly, I would see him come up on a baby Ninja. Everybody knew it was him.
“It was like Debo,” he continued. “It was like watching f–king Friday and sh*t.”
Whoo Kid ― who eventually became an integral part of Fif’s career and G-Unit ― said that he would never have thought that he’d end touring arenas with a local hardhead.
“This is maybe 10-12 years before for some reason I’m going to be touring with this guy,” he said. “I was just a dumb Haitian kid hanging on my grass. Because you know I had a curfew I couldn’t leave the house. So I would just sit on my grass and watch, on some 227 s–t, I would just watch what was going on on the block.”
“I would never think that maybe 12 or i don’t know how many years 13 years, I would be doing arenas with this guy who is in front of me beating drug dealers up,” he added.
A Little Lie
The connections don’t end there, however. Whoo Kid said that when he was younger, Russell Simmons was just a druggie who hung around a nearby park. After Simmons came up off of Def Jam, he used their neighborhood connections and a genius scam to trick the label head into giving him free records.
Because the price of vinyl was prohibitively expensive, the wannabe DJ made fake flyers that said he was performing at venues in Japan and showed them off to people at the influential label.
“I knew he wasn’t going to call Japan,” he said. “Records were so expensive back then I used to lie to get the records.”
He said that Russ knowing he was from Queens helped shore up his lie, because he was less likely to be suspicious of him. And all it took was Russell’s blessing to get the other labels to start sending him free stuff.
“Once I got in with him all the other labels got in line because Russell Simmons was like the god of the music industry,” he explained.
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While he had plenty of stories about the past, the interview does eventually shift to the present and future. As far as that’s concerned, DJ Whoo Kid says that he and 50 are still cool and still occasionally working on new music, when he can tear him away from his television and movie projects.
“He’s busy doing Power and movies and s–t like that,” he said. “Everybody thinks that because I’m G-Unit I always have to hang with him. When we hang together, it’s like love everything is cool.”
“Musicwise, I just gotta kidnap his ass,” he continued. “All we gotta do is go in there and do what we used to do. And I just gotta like either steal the sh*t and risk my life from getting beat up by his ass because he is a professional boxer on the low.”
Check out the whole interview up top. What do you think? Are you surprised at how many people were just neighborhood characters in DJ Whoo Kid’s Hollis? Sound off in the comments and be sure to SHARE this article.